From ‘kid from the woods’ to Mr. Speaker, Welch aims to engage legislators and inspire ‘every Black boy and girl out there’

House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch at the Bank of Springfield Center on Wednesday. | Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP Welch, 49, has already accomplished the first thing on his agenda, which was to sit down with staff and

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Illinois House elects Welch first Black speaker — moments after Madigan finally agrees ‘it’s time for new leadership’

Illinois State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, joins lawmakers at their desks as they are sworn in for the 102nd General Assembly at the Bank of Springfield Center on Wednesday. | Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP State Rep.

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Democratic panel chair says his COVID-19 diagnosis won’t affect state House probe of Madigan

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, opens a House Special Investigating Committee hearing in Springfield in September. | Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP file State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch tweeted about his COVID-19 diagnosis on Sunday. The Hillside Democrat

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U.S. attorney spells out rules of the road for legislators investigating Madigan: Go, until I tell you to stop

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, left; U.S. Attorney John Lausch, center; State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, right. | Rebecca Anzel/Capitol News Illinois; Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times; Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool Ron Safer — a former federal prosecutor

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